You know, I was going to take a break from lamenting Prime Minister Harper's leftward drift.
I really was.
But now comes news the Harper government is threatening to block the private sale of Canadian space company MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. to an American firm.
Jim Prentice -- the Super Red Tory Industry Minister -- says such a sale is not in the "net benefit" to Canada.
This is the kind of anti-free market stuff that went on in the bad old Trudeau days, when economic nationalism trumped common sense.
And yeah, I know all arguments the nationalists are using to justify blocking the MDA sale: We have to keep the Canadarm from falling into the wrong arms, the Americans will conquer the Arctic, without MDA space technology we won't be able to complete construction of Harper's Death Star.
Anyone falling for those emotion-laden arguments should read Financial Post editor Terence Corcoran's masterful column today which puts things in perspective.
The bottom line is Harper's actions will hurt Canada's reputation as a place to invest, it will hurt MDA's stockholders and it will likely end up hurting the company's employees.
But on the positve side the Prime Minister is getting praise from Buzz Hargrove, the NDP and the Toronto Star.